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Grant awarded for Saturday bus service

Community Connection gets $94,500 for Saturday program

The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded Community Connection of Northeast Oregon funding for Saturday transit service.


Flashmob part of fundraiser for cancer patient

Public invited to dance, ‘find the joy’ Feb. 15

Public invited to dance, ‘find the joy’ Feb. 15

Next weekend the public is invited to get dancing — at Grocery Outlet.


Local Boy Scout volunteer honored


George Chadwick of La Grande received the Eagle Within award at the Friends of Scouting Breakfast Wednesday at Eastern Oregon University. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)


Film festival offers something for everyone

The Eastern Oregon Film Festival offers three days of entertainment for people of all ages. The fifth annual event is being held at the Granada Theater and the Stage Door Theatre Feb. 20 through Feb. 22.

Although the winterish weather kept us at home these last few months, it won’t be long until the warm sun and blue skies energize us and we will feel the need to get out and do something different. We think if only we could get away and travel somewhere — anywhere that would inspire us, give us an adventure, or help us find a new outlook on life.


10 Things to Know for Friday, Feb. 7

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Union man arrested on drug charges

Detectives from the Union County Sheriff's Office and La Grande Police Department executed a search warrant Wednesday night that resulted in one arrest.



No one injured in shooting in north Baker City this morning

Baker City Police and a SWAT team responded to an apparent shooting in north Baker City this morning.

No one was injured in the incident at a home on Cedar Street north of H Street, according to Baker City Police. 


10 Things to Know for Thursday, Feb. 6

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Wolf sightings increase in region

ENTERPRISE — The Imnaha Wolf Pack’s alpha male was captured and outfitted with a GPS collar this weekend — for the fourth time since 2009.

The wolf known as OR-4 was sought by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists Saturday out in the open country of Zumwalt Prairie.


Traffic stop leads to arrests

Two arrested on Secret Service, N.C. warrants

An early morning traffic stop on Monday led to the arrest of two fugitives in La Grande. 


Radio show host files tort claim


Eddie Garcia notifies city of impending action

A local radio show host notified the City of La Grande Monday afternoon that he intends to file a legal action against the municipality.

Edward “Eddie” Garcia, in an email to City Manager Robert Strope, notified the city and its legal counsel that he intends to file a legal action for damages and relief against the City of La Grande. 


Going the extra mile

A Willow Elementary kindergarten student prepares to step onto a school bus Tuesday while Bruce Flatt of Mid Columbia Bus Company looks on. Flatt starts his workday at 3:30 a.m. with a two-hour drive through Union County to check the condition of the roads used by Mid Columbia school bus drivers. If conditions are poor, he reports them to officials with the five Union County school districts served by Mid Columbia well before 6 a.m. so they can decide whether to cancel or delay the start of school. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
(see related video at http://youtu.be/SK6YyXP-564)

Officials in Union, Wallowa counties rise early to check travel conditions for school buses 

The frigid and often inclement weather Northeast Oregon is experiencing is costing Bruce Flatt, the chief operations officer for Mid Columbia Bus Co., more than a little sleep. 


Public Safety Report for February 5, 2014

Public Safety Report for February 5, 2014

Briefly: Transportation commission meets

Transportation commission meets

The North East Area Commission on Transportation will hold its next meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 5 headquarters, 3012 Island Ave. The public is invited.


Snow tracks help police

Footprints in the snow Saturday morning led police to an arrest of a man they believe stole items from several residents.

Around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, LGPD received a call from the 2500 block of M Avenue.


City council greenlights sewer rate hike

Increase to help repay $1.4 million loan for wastewater expansion

COVE — Residential sewer rates in Cove will jump to $45 starting March 20.

The Cove City Council unanimously passed the sewer rate increase Tuesday night in an effort to garner funds to repay the $1.4 million loan for the recently completed wastewater expansion project.  


Puderbaugh project seeks public comment

Vegetation management project includes removal of forest products

An environmental analysis for the Puderbaugh Vegetation Management project is available for review. The public has 30 days from Feb. 5 to submit comments. 

The Puderbaugh project covers approximately 36,000 acres within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is located approximately 22 miles southeast of Joseph. 


Joseph woman celebrates her 50th birthday with a 50-mile valley walk

Colby Patton, left, and Karl Patton, right, walk with Karen Patton during her 50-mile walk across the Wallowa Valley to celebrate her 50th birthday. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

It’s all about “bucket lists” these days — what one wants to see, hear or do while they are still able. Last weekend, Karen Patton walked 50 miles across the Wallowa Valley to celebrate her upcoming 50th birthday.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday, Feb. 5

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Wolf tracks confirmed in Baker County

Tracks of five wolves have been confirmed in northern Baker County, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) reported today.

Tracks were first found in late December in the Medical Springs area of southern Union County, and tracks from apparently the same group of wolves have been found three times since, including last week in northern Baker County.

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